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WIPO Complaint: Glenn Beck Meets Internet, Loses

CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes | more than 4 years ago

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CuteSteveJobs (1343851) writes "Glenn Beck fought the law and the law won. Parody website DidGlennBeckRapeAndMurderAYoungGirlIn1990.com attacked Beck using the same straw man arguments Beck himself is famous for: "We're not accusing Glenn Beck of raping and murdering a young girl in 1990 — in fact, we think he didn't! But we can't help but wonder ... Why won't he deny that he raped and killed a young girl in 1990?" Beck didn't see the humour and tried to have the site shut down. He sued the creator on the grounds the site "violated his name as a trademark." But in a sudden outbreak of common sense, WIPO rejected Beck's complaint finding the site "can be said to be making a political statement," which is a "legitimate non-commercial use" of Beck's name. But after winning the owner voluntarily handed Beck the domain anyway. Still, it's comforting to know that satire — the only weapon politicians and talking heads fear — is still safely in the hands of the public where it belongs. And now that the trademark dispute is settled, will Beck answer the allegations?"
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